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Undergraduate Course: Engineering Project Management 4 (MAEE10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaManagement (School of Engineering) Other subject areaNone
Course website Use WebCT Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionProject Management is the application of management principles to deliver a project in accordance with predetermined objectives for time, cost & quality. This course will consider these principles in the management of all types of engineering project, with respect to the project&©s life-cycle, the parties involved, planning, estimating, team and people management, contract strategy, contractor selection and contract management.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Engineering Project Management (European Masters) (PGEE10011) AND Engineering Project Management (MSc) (PGEE10012)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  250
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Friday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre 1, Ashworth Labs
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Engineering Project Management 41:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)Engineering Project Management 41:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the stages of a project and the principal players within and without a project;
- Analyse a project, develop a breakdown of activities (work breakdown structure) and produce a plan and a schedule of resources requirements;
- Undertake network analyses using the Critical Path Method;
- Appreciate the role of the estimator in project development and management; appreciate the various data that is needed in producing cost estimates; and understand the various estimating methods that can be used in a project and the stages at which they are used.
- Understand the importance of financial resources on an engineering project and demonstrate appreciation of the differences between income, profit, surplus, liability & earning.
- Undertake basic $łUnit-rate&© and $łOperational&© estimates of engineering activities;
- Appreciate the law of contract as applied to engineering contracts;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different strategies involved in selecting the ideal contractor for an engineering project; appreciate the differences between different contract strategy approaches and types of contract; appreciate how contracts are awarded;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the $łConditions of Contract&© in the management of engineering construction contracts;
- Appreciate the importance of Project Monitoring to consider whether the project&©s objectives are being met and how to control the project.
Assessment Information
100% degree examination, 1.5 hours long, 3 questions from 3.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lectures: Titles & Contents
1. Introduction and project definition; definition of project management; project objectives & compromises.
2. Project Life Cycle: what the various stages of an engineering project are, from conception to commissioning to decommissioning.
3. Parties to a project: who the main players in an engineering project are and what are their roles. Project breakdown and Work Breakdown Structures.
4. Project planning. Networks, Gantt charts & network techniques.
5. The Critical Path Method as a way of analysing precedence networks and determining the critical path and activity floats.
6. The planning & estimating role and introduction to the estimating process
7. Financial resources. The role of cash flow and the concepts of liability, earning, profit, surplus and expenditure.
8. Elements of cost and cost data; the all-in rate; estimating methods: global, factorial and labour-hours methods.
9. Further estimating methods: unit-rate estimating and operational estimating.
10. Further issues in estimating: conversion to tender bid; learning & forgetting; estimating accuracy; budgeting.
11. Introduction to contract management and contract law.
12. Types and classifications of engineering contracts. Contracts can be classified in three ways and this lecture will look at the differences between these classifications and why they are used.
13. Contract planning & contractor selection. The stages in the lead up to appointing an appropriate contractor for the project and how this is undertaken.
14. Contract award and conditions of contract. The procedures for awarding an engineering contract and how such contracts are administered through $łConditions of Contract.
15. Conditions of contract continued and the $łEngineering & Construction Contract&©.
16. Contract management case studies.
17. Project Monitoring and Control. Understanding the principles of Milestone Monitoring and Earned Value Analysis
18. Project Monitoring Worked Examples.
19. Teams & Leadership: Subject to time, this lecture will cover the elements that make up a successful team in Engineering Project. Meredith Belbin&©s Team Roles theory will also be introduced.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list - Smith, N (Ed.) Engineering Project Management, Blackwell Science, Oxford, 1995. [TA190 Eng]
- M. Mawdesley Planning and controlling construction projects, Longman, Essex, 1996. [TA190 Maw]
- J.R. Meredith and S.J. Mantel Project management: a managerial approach (Editions 2-4), Wiley, Chichester, 1989-2000. [HD69.P75 Mer]
- F. Harris and R. McCaffer Modern Construction Management 4th Edition, BSP Professional, Oxford, 1995. [HD9715.A2 Har.]
- P.D. Gardiner, Project Management $ś A Strategic Planning Approach, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. [HD69.P75 Gar. $ś note, main library, 1 copy]
- K.F.Potts. Major Construction Works: Contractual and Financial Management Longman, 1995. [TA190 Pot.]
- R.H. Clough. Construction Project Management. Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1972. [TH438 Clo.]
- D.S. Barrie & B.C. Paulson Professional Construction Management, 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York, 1992. [TH438 Bar.]
- F.F Mazda, Engineering Management, Addison-Wesley, Harlow, 1998. [TA190Maz.]
- A.C. Payne; J.V. Chesholm & R.P. Lawrence Management for Engineers, Wiley, Chichester, 1996. [TA190 Pay].
- R. Stone (Ed) Management of engineering projects, Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1988. [62:658 Sto].
- S.H. Wearne (ed) Control of engineering projects, Arnold, London, 1974. [RR(Engin)].
- M. Brook Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work 2nd Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford, 1998. [TH435 Bro].
- Spon&©s Civil Engineering and Highway Works Price Book, 12th Edition. E & FN Spon, London, 1998. [Ref. TA183 Spo.]
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern There are 18 x 1 hour lectures, with associated tutorials. The lectures are delivered in four distinct topics:
&· Topic 1: Project management principles (lectures 1-3)
&· Topic 2: Project planning principles (lectures 4-5)
&· Topic 3: Cost estimation (lectures 6-10)
&· Topic 4: Contract management (lectures 11-16)
&· Topic 5: Project Monitoring and Control (lectures 17-18)
&· Supplementary topic: Teams & Leadership
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Simon Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 7159
Course secretaryMs Kathryn Nicol
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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